| By Susan Bradley |
While many of you are still digging out from June patches, there’s more .NET updates in your future.
I’m about to yell “uncle!” when it comes to .NET, and I’m sure many of you are as well. Microsoft is releasing updates for .NET 3.5 at the same time it’s bringing out version 4.0.
Are you ready for .NET 4? I’m certainly not!
I just about groaned when I saw Microsoft’s preview listing of this week’s updates — more .NET patches. I’m still not done with the June 8 .NET releases, and here comes .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile for XP, Vista, and Win7 (detailed in Microsoft support article 982670).
But wait! There’s more! In addition to .NET 4.0, Microsoft is releasing three rollup updates for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1: KB 982524 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, KB 982525 for Vista and Server 2008, and KB 982526 for Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
And for only $19.95 plus shipping, Microsoft will add a bonus patch, KB 956250, that also fixes .NET 3.5 SP1 problems on Windows Vista and Server 2008 platforms. Okay, I was just kidding about the $19.95. But I am still a bit unclear as to what KB 982525 and KB 956250 actually do fix.
► What to do: Seriously, like those late-night sales pitches most of us ignore, just pass on these offers until I tell you they are needed. None of these updates patches security risks, and they could impact business applications. For example, there are reports that some installtions of Sage Timberline, an accounting application for the Construction Industry, are affected.
Another solution for reinstalling .NET
If you’re still having the .NET reoffering problem but are not comfortable using the somewhat intimidating .NET removal tool (info page) I’ve mentioned in earlier columns, there’s another method to try — courtesy of my fellow MVP Andy Goodman.